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There are basically four ways to use Pliant on a computer:

FullPliant is an attempt to build a very consistent overall system. It runs on a Linux kernel, but all that classical Unix like parts that you find on a standard Linux distribution have been removed and replaced with Pliant code. As a result, all the configuration is stored in Pliant databases so they can easily be automatically generated, modified, or edited through the Pliant HTTP server frontend.

Pros: Cons: Conclusion:

The new version of FullPliant operating system enables you to also embed a Debian distribution in the /debian/ subdirectory. The packages that will be included in this embedded Linux distribution are specified through the FullPliant consistent configuration database, and the FullPliant install system will resolve all Debian dependencies, download up to date versions of each package, and install and configure all of them unattended.
With such a system, you can get a fully working client system, including X11, Netscape web browser, some desktop applications, printing and network files sharing services.

You can think of such a system has having three layers:

Pros: Cons: Conclusion: If you plan to install a FullPliant system, please read FullPliant manual.

Here, you will install your Linux box, then add Pliant as a simple application.

Pros: Cons: Conclusion: With this solution, you have to follow instructions in Pliant standard installation procedure in order to get Pliant properly installed on your Linux box.

Here, you will install your Win32 box, then add Pliant as a simple application.

Pros: Cons: Conclusion: With this solution, you have to follow instructions in Pliant standard installation procedure in order to get Pliant properly installed on you Win32 box.

Lastly, you can choose to install Pliant on a very stable on high load system such as FreeBSD or very secured system such as OpenBSD. Also you will probably do that only if you are an experimented user since they are not mainstream systems, so you probably don't need extra details.

With this solution, you have to follow instructions in Pliant standard installation procedure in order to get Pliant properly installed on your POSIX compliant box.